Income survey: It's important to Fayette residents 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Most people are reluctant to discuss the details of their income. That’s a topic that clearly falls under the none-of-your-business category, and that’s certainly a factor in the difficulty the Village of Fayette has with income surveys.

The last time village officials were seeking income data, in 2006, a door-to-door effort was finally undertaken in order to obtain sufficient information. The project was extra time-consuming, but definitely worth it.

At that time, the Village needed to prove a certain range of income in order to prevent a huge increase in sewer rates in relation to a sewer project.

The issue now, once again, is sewers. The Village is still working toward the separation of septic and storm sewer lines that will bring a halt to overflows of raw sewage. And once again, income is important.

If data shows residents fall into the low-to-moderate income range—as was the case in 2006—the village is in line for a $600,000 grant. That’s $600,000 residents won’t be borrowing and paying back. There’s additional money available from county sources that’s also tied to income level.

Only a sample of village residents will receive the survey in the mail next week. Take the few minutes needed to complete the form and mail it to the agency in Toledo that will tabulate the results. It’s an act that’s likely to benefit everyone in the community.

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